Huawei has filed two patent infringement lawsuits against Verizon Communications in the US District Court UU.
The Chinese telecommunications equipment giant wants Verizon to compensate for the use of technology that, it says, is covered by 12 Huawei patents, including those related to networks, security and video communications. Before the lawsuits were filed, Huawei says it negotiated with Verizon in a series of meetings from February 2019 until January 21, but could not reach a license agreement.
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Huawei technology is used by telecommunications companies around the world. In a press release about the lawsuits, he says he allocates around 10% to 15% of his income to research and development every year, and has spent about $ 70 billion on R&D over the past decade, including approximately $ 15 billion in 2018 alone.
This resulted in Huawei receiving more than 80,000 patents worldwide, including 10,000 in the US. UU.
In its presentations, Huawei claims that Verizon has "benefited greatly" from infringing its patents, noting that Verizon Communication's total revenue for its fixed telephony division in 2018 was $ 29.8 billion.
Huawei maintains a close relationship with many other technology companies, including some competitors, through licensing. He says he has received more than $ 1.4 billion in patent license fees since 2015 and in addition to providing access to his own technology, he has also paid more than $ 6 billion for patent licenses from other companies, with more than 100 agreements of license signed with suppliers in the United States, Europe, Japan and South Korea.
In his press release, Huawei's legal director Song Liuping said "Verizon products and services have benefited from the patented technology that Huawei developed over many years of research and development."
“For years we have successfully negotiated patent license agreements with many companies. Unfortunately, when an agreement cannot be reached, we have no choice but to see a legal remedy, ”Song added. “This is a common practice in the industry. Huawei simply asks Verizon to respect Huawei's investment in research and development by paying for the use of our patents or by refraining from using them in its products and services. "
Newsdio has contacted Verizon Communications for comments.
The patent infringement lawsuit takes place in the context of Huawei's legal entanglements with the US government. UU., Which states that it is a threat to national security, a charge that Huawei denies.
Huawei has been blacklisted in the United States since last May and is suing the government for what it says is an unconstitutional ban on the use of its products by federal agencies and contractors. However, Huawei technology is used by many telecommunications companies around the world, and its close links with US supply chains. UU. They were underlined last month when the Department of Defense and Treasury allegedly pressured the Department of Commerce on the ban.